Sunday, 28 February 2010

Fix-It Friday #45

This is the first time I am trying this from iheartfaces . I would I have loved to work on this picture with Photoshop Element, but I have technical problem with the trial version: the Editing part does not work. Anyway, I used picnik. The picture is lovely as it is and I wish I was able to take shots like this!
The original

My editing

Saturday, 20 February 2010

It seems that Pilates has taken most of my time for the last couple of weeks. I had not found much time to do anything else. Still, I managed to crochet a red heart with eyes for Alice.

I also sewed a biscornu. I've heard of biscornu before but could not figure out what it was. And then while blog hopping, I've found Quiltsalott blog and her tutorial for a biscornu pincushion.

My next project is to finish this quilt.

I started years ago when we were traveling in California with the kids. These holidays involved a lot of driving, so I packed a hand-sew project with me. It is a miniature, each small square measure 1". I just need to add the borders and quilt it. It should not be such a big deal.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Chocolate roulade - Part II: the recipe

Everybody loved it. I've rarely seen a dessert disappeared so quickly; the plates were cleaned thoroughly... Here is the recipe for you to try.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Chocolate roulade with cream and raspberries

We are eating out tonight, having been invited for dinner by our cousins. I said I will bring the dessert (very French - whenever you are inviting French people,we will offer to bring the starter or the dessert; not that they are doubting your cooking skills, it is just the way we are.)

What shall I do? Fruits salad with Mangos, Pomelos and Pomegrate - done this the last time they came? Tiramisu - might be a faute de gout considering that they are Italians? Icecream and biscuits - too easy. So what's about a Chocolate Roulade?

So first thing this morning, I started with the "Ultimate Chocolate Roulade" from Mary Berry (remember this book!). The recipe is fairly easy, it begins like a chocolate mousse which is then spread on a baking tray and cooked at low temperature for 20 minutes.

Although, I am very happy that the recipe does not call for butter, I was a bit worried that no flour was required either. To be on the safe side, I added a tablespoon of cornflour. Oh, and I also used mascarpone rather than thick double cream... and I added some raspberries.
Doesn't it look appetising?

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Heart attack... another post on anatomy

It seems to be the theme of the week. After the brain surgery, now let's speak heart surgery.

Encouraged by the success of Tough Love, I started a new Amigury with the left over of the white yarn. The pattern comes from MyGurumi. Off course, Alice loves it and now wants the same one in red and with eyes. That should not be too difficult, it took me only a couple of hours to crochet this one.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Brain surgery

No this is not another post on the Anatomy Workshop. But it felt almost like it. I just finished Tough Love, the little white guy that I was crocheting for Juliette. First I had to fill his feet with rice so he won't fall. Then I stuffed him with polystiren beads: fun job considering that the beads are so light and love to fly away. Then came the moment to attached his head to his body...

I hope Juliette will like him even though that he has trouble to stay on his feet; he is a bit big-headed.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Back from school with a headach!

That was tough!... Imagine 8 girls, 6 off them from the sport business, a Philipino physio (:)) You should know that my anatomy knowledge goes as far as the song "Head, shoulder, knees and toes" (here is a link to YouTube for those that would not know the song - I doubt).

Now how many bones and muscles do you think you have? Where is your AC joint? Ok an easy one, how many ribs: 24 or 12 pairs. If I say flexion and extension, that sounds easy. What's about adduction, abduction and scaption, does that ring any bell? Anybody ever heard of diastesis recti? What are the pelvic floor' muscles? You have enough?

I spent the first day wondering what I was doing in this workshop. Then I did my home work on bones, and the next day, the 1st half an hour felt almost good. But I dived again when we started on muscles... I just have to go through the "Trail Guide to the Body"

Friday, 5 February 2010

Back to school of some sort

I am going back to school. I am starting the anathomy course in preparation to the Pilates training. I am existed and scared all at once. I cannot remember the last time I had to actually study something totally new.

Learning something new is more what I am used too. Learning and studying is, in my opinion, quite different. With learning, I can envisage experiencing, trying on my own, making mistake and starting again. Whereas studying sounds more "evolved" to me. Anyway!

I also have decided to learn how to use Photoshop Elements by myself. I booght "The photoshop elements 8 book for digital photographers" by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski. So far I have been using the demo, and wonder whether or not to invest in this software. Here an example of how I played with one of my pictures.

Before - lovely Alice in the freezing cold Paris

After -Paris is still cold, Alice still lovely but much warmer

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Sugar and spice

Look what I just finished. It now needs to be framed, and it will be on its way to little Gaia. I am sure she is very sweet.

I am pleased that I finished one of my 2009 projects. Slow progress if compared to all the activity on the bloggosphere, but progress anyway. Next I will finished "Tough Love", I finally find the filling I was looking for.

While I was clearing my embroidery bag, I put my threads in my treasure box, reorganised them to make sure that they were in order, bu number, by colour. Don't you like when it looks all nice and orderly.

Monday, 1 February 2010

It all started with this...

A bit of Indonesian Batik (what a surprise!)

A Burda pattern

and now here where we are.

I am hoping to sew a dress a month for the next 6 months, ie 6 dresses for myself only.